The South Dakota National Guard Unit Citation honors South Dakota National Guard members that carry out outstanding service in such a manner as to distinguish themselves from comparable units.
The South Dakota National Guard is made up of the South Dakota Army National Guard and the South Dakota Air National Guard. Based in Rapid City, the Army component traces its origins back to militia activity in 1862 and currently maintains 24 armories. The Air component, based in Sioux Falls, was founded in September of 1946 with the 175th Fighter Squadron; at present, its major unit is the 114th Fighter Wing.
The ribbon is divided into three equal sections with yellow in the middle and blue on either side; it features a gold frame with a leaf pattern.